Emmy 2021 nominations: From Ted Lasso to Nicole Kidman, who's in and who's out


Detroit Free Press 13 July, 2021 - 04:44pm 10 views

When are the Emmys?

With today's noms set, final voting by members of the Television Academy will run from August 19-30. The Primetime Emmys will air live Sunday, September 19, on CBS and stream on Paramount+. DeadlineEmmy Nominations: ‘The Crown’, ‘The Mandalorian’ Top List; HBO/HBO Max Edges Netflix For Top Spot – Full List Of Nominees

When the nominations were announced Tuesday, both Netflix’s “The Crown” and the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” grabbed 24 of them, the most for a single series.

Following closely behind was "WandaVision" — the Disney+ nostalgia-TV mashup/Marvel superhero saga — with 23.

Broadcast, cable and streaming platforms became gathering places for people dealing with fear and isolation during the pandemic. There were no couch potatoes last year, only passengers on sofa lifeboats headed for a safe harbor.

Here's a look at the nominees who'll be competing during the Sept. 19 ceremony airing on CBS — and some who weren't chosen, but still deserve our heartfelt thanks.

Nicest nominee: "Ted Lasso" was showered with 20 nominations for pulling off the minor miracle of promoting kindness and empathy when we needed them most. 

Best recognition of smart talk: In the variety/talk category, four shows were singled out that had the hardest-hitting political critiques: "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" on Comedy Central, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" on HBO and "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." "Conan" on TBS, which stuck to sillier realms, was also included — likely as a love letter to its final season.

Most versatile transportation: It's a thriller. It's a drama. Actually, it's a ... laughfest? "The Flight Attendent" earned nods for comedy, actress for Kaley Cuoco and supporting actress for Rosie Perez, among others. You know, a dramedy category could solve these problems.

Best 'SNL' appreciation: This year, the Emmys doubly recognized the long-running sketch show's two secret weapons: Kenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant. The versatile Thompson is in the running as an actor for both "SNL" and his NBC sitcom "Kenan," while the adorable Bryant is up for "SNL" and Hulu's "Shrill."

Best indication Peacock could survive: The writing nominations for "The Amber Ruffin Show" and "Girls5Eva" are your hint to discover the NBC spin-off streaming network that's also home to "Rutherford Falls." Triple high-quality alert!

Biggest snub: "Small Axe," the British anthology series from director Steven McQueen that chronicles West Indian immigrants in London, was a huge hit with critics. But the Amazon Prime Video standout only got a cinematography nod. Sure, it looked great, but what about the great acting (especially by John Boyega), writing and direction?

Most history-making inclusion for drama: Kudos to Mj Rodriguez of FX's "Pose," who becomes the first trans performer to be nominated in a lead acting category. 

Most history-making inclusion for comedy: "Saturday Night Live” emerging star Bowen Yang is the first featured player (the step before becoming a regular cast member) to be nominated. Yang, who made a big impression last season with his “Weekend Update” segment as the Titanic’s iceberg, is also the first Chinese -American man to be nominated for a supporting actor Emmy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Most surprising superstar exclusion: Hugh Grant got a nod for HBO's "The Undoing," but not Nicole Kidman? 

Best Detroit shout-out: Until the movie "Respect" starring Jennifer Hudson comes out Aug. 13, the current winner of the best Aretha Franklin portrayal is Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated for best actress in a limited or anthology series or movie for National Geographic's "Genius: Aretha." Don't forget the Motor City legend she portrayed. But who ever could?

Second- and third-best Detroit shout-out: Congrats to Courtney B. Vance, who hails from Detroit, for his guest actor nod for "Lovecraft Country," and to Renee Elise Goldsberry, a former Detroiter and Cranbrook alum, for her supporting actress nomination for "Hamilton." If only Goldsberry — and her new Peacock comedy — also had gotten nods for "Girls5Eva."

Biggest Michigan snub: The Golden Globes nominated Jeff Daniels for playing James Comey in Showtime's "The Comey Rule." How hard would it have been for the Emmys to do the same for Chelsea's favorite son — and let him wear the dad shirt again that wowed at the Globes?

Best film nominated as a TV movie: Amazon Prime Video's "Uncle Frank" starring Paul Bettany is nominated for an Emmy, but it had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Best film nominated as a variety special (pre-recorded): Disney+'s "Hamilton." Yet several actors from "Hamilton" are competing in the limited series or movie category. Now this is getting ridiculous!

Toughest co-star contest: The supporting actress in a drama category has three cast members from "The Crown" (Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter and Emerald Fennell) and four co-stars from "The Handmaid's Tale" (Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Samira Wiley). The only person who doesn't have to feel conflicted about rooting for herself is remaining nominee Aunjanue Ellis of "Lovecraft Country."

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